Would you like to know the iPhone 4 price in Pakistan? Chances are you would be interested if you’re based in Pakistan one way or another. The iPhone 4 by Apple is the 4th generation release of the world’s most popular smartphone, launched in the US in June 2010, just 3 years after the 1st iPhone release back in 2007. Apple has been consistent in releasing a yearly update to the iPhone, where we saw the iPhone 3G in 2008, the iPhone 3GS in 2009, the game-changing iPhone 4 in 2010, the beefed-up iPhone 4S in 2011, as the world now eagerly awaits the iPhone 5 this year in 2012.
The iPhone 4 is still a great choice today despite no longer being the latest model, right behind its successor the iPhone 4S. But there are good reasons as to why the iPhone 4 along with its siblings the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S together form the top 3 smartphones in terms of sales in the US in the last quarter of 2011. The most likely reason would be that the iPhone 4 is truly legendary in the sense of how it ‘changed everything again’ as Apple promised in its slogan, particularly in terms of its sheer power and usability, and also based on the fact that it is still a great bargain as a second choice today for those on a budget who are unable to afford the latest iPhone 4S. In fact, the iPhone 4 cost in Pakistan is arguably the best value for money in the sense that it does not sacrifice much from its bigger brother the iPhone 4S, and yet it is a major upgrade over the iPhone 3GS, having brought us the ultra-sharp Retina Display, 1GHz processing power on its A4 chip, the 5MP camera with 720p HD video, and iOS 5 compatibility.
For the case of Pakistan, the iPhone is not officially available from Apple in this country yet. So while it is not yet available online on the Apple Store or from authorized Apple Resellers who do sell other Apple products such as the iPod and Mac, there are still various outlets in Pakistan that do offer the iPhone 4 at a variety of different prices, typically in the range of Rs50,000-75,000 (Pakistan rupees). The iPhones available for purchase here would typically be the unlocked versions, which means that they are not tied or ‘locked’ to any of the contracts of the major network carriers. The benefit of the unlocked iPhones is the freedom and flexibility that it provides to users in selecting any prepaid or postpaid plan of their choice with any network carrier in any country for that matter, as long as compatible micro-SIM cards are offered.
There are basically two variants to the unlocked iPhone 4 in Pakistan, namely the factory-unlocked (FU) units and the software-unlocked (SU) units. The factory-unlocked units are literally unlocked right out of the factory, so they would remain unlocked regardless of the number of upgrades or restores that are done to the iPhone firmware. While providing the most flexibility of choice, these units also record the highest iPhone 4 prices in Pakistan as compared to regular units that are subsidized and locked under carrier contracts or plans in other countries.
On the other hand, the software-unlocked units are actually regular locked units that were later unlocked using various unlocking tools for the iPhone. Being unlocked only via software, subsequently performing any firmware upgrades would restore the iPhone back to its regular locked state since the firmware upgrade restores the official iPhone firmware. Thus, the software-unlocked unit, while cheaper than the factory-unlocked unit, carries this inconvenience of requiring another jailbreak and unlock each time the firmware is upgraded.
One interesting benefit of having only the unlocked iPhone 4 available in Pakistan is the availability of the original 16GB and 32GB models, which are typically no longer on sale today in other countries that have official Apple presence. In these countries, the iPhone 4S has taken over, leaving only the downsized 8GB model of the iPhone 4 as a budget option. Some sample prices of the iPhone 4 in Pakistan as listed on WhatMobile.com.pk are Rs 50,000 for the 16GB SU model, Rs 57,000 for the 16GB FU model, and Rs 68,000 for the 32GB FU model. Be wary of some locations that can offer the iPhone 4 at prices even as high as Rs70,000-90,000, so do compare carefully before purchasing.
Therefore in Pakistan, since the iPhones you are purchasing are typically all unlocked, do make sure to clarify which of these two types you are purchasing, whether factory-unlocked or software-unlocked. It is certainly recommended to go for the factory-unlocked version despite the higher iPhone 4 price in Pakistan, to avoid any hassles when upgrading the firmware or iOS, which is bound to happen periodically as Apple releases updates.
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